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Mission type Orbiter
Operator JAXA
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass rover:30 kg (66 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 2018 (planned)[1]
Rocket H-IIA
Orbital parameters
Reference system Selenocentric

SELENE-2 /ˈsɛln/, or the Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2, is a planned Japanese robotic spacecraft to the Moon that will include an orbiter, a lander and a rover.[2] It is expected to be launched in 2018[1] as a successor to the 2007 SELENE (Kaguya) lunar orbiter.[3]


The orbiter will weigh 700 kg.[2]


The lander will weigh 1,000 kg. It will be able to have 200 kg of payload. Its mission will last two weeks.[2]


The rover will weigh 100 kg. Its mission will last two weeks. One of its instruments will be from South Korea.[2]


One option JAXA was investigating in 2006, was to integrate a small data relay satellite and penetrators into the mission.[4]


  1. ^ a b Japan to attempt unmanned lunar landing in 2018
  2. ^ a b c d Srinivas Laxman (2012-07-16). "Japan SELENE-2 Lunar Mission Planned For 2017". Asian Scientist. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Moon lander SELENE-2". JAXA Space Exploration Center. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Tatsuaki Hashimoto (May 2006). "Robotic Lunar Exploration Scenario" (.PDF). JAXA. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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